Mom needs to get in front of the camera too! Use these quick tips and download the free photo checklist at the bottom of this post to help you get out from behind the camera and into those memories with your kids!
Why Moms Need to Get on the Other Side of the Lens
I believe that the photos we take are a reflection of what’s most important to us, and for a lot of us, those photos involve our loved ones. We want to capture the memories we share with those we love, and as photographers, we sometimes forget to step out from behind the camera and get in those photos too!
This is your story, after all—it’s important that you step into the recording of it.
Now I know what you’re thinking: But my kids are so cute and I’m having a bad hair day. But that’s not what your children see. When my children look at a picture with me in it, they don’t notice the bad hair, the lack of makeup, or the few extra pounds of baby weight; they see special memories, a mom who loves them, shared smiles and warm embraces.
These photos are a gift from me to them.
Some Tips for the Mom Who’d Rather Stay Behind the Camera
A few years ago I made a conscious decision to get in more photos with my family. I’d spent too long avoiding the camera, and as I looked at some of the few photos I did have with my kids, I realized how important those images were to me. I wanted to get in more photos, but how?
Here are a few ways that I was able to overcome my hesitations and get in more photos.
Let It Go – Let go of the dream of the perfect moment when your hair’s done, you’re in your favorite jeans or a professional photographer happens to be standing nearby to capture you at your most flattering angle. Seize the moment, however imperfect it is, and get in that shot!
A lot of the photos I have of myself are a little out of focus or the lighting isn’t just right. It’s the price you pay when you snap a quick selfie with your phone or turn your camera over to a family member. Imperfections and all, these photos are still precious, and trust me when I tell you that the f-stop you used or the slight underexposure won’t matter when you look back on these images years from now.
Make It a Habit – If you aren’t used to hopping in photos, it will take some time to make this a regular practice. It takes a conscious effort to remember to turn the camera over to someone else once in a while, but it’s worth it!
Even if it’s uncomfortable at first, try to make it a habit to hand your camera to someone else, use your self-timer, or even take a mom-and-me selfie with your phone. Make a goal for yourself to get in a certain number of photos a week, month, or year, and go from there!
Keep It Fun – I am always looking for ways to make taking photos fun for my kids. When they associate taking photos with fun experiences, they’re much more willing to cooperate when I want to take their picture. Getting in photos isn’t just about the end results (a photo with you in it); it’s about being involved in the photo-taking process WITH your loved ones, not just taking photos OF them. Being silly, playing, and getting some photos in the process makes it fun for everyone.
Get Creative – Not feeling inspired to jump into a photo quite yet? Try getting creative with ways to acknowledge the fact that you were there, without actually having to be photo-ready. There are many times throughout the day when my hair isn’t done or I’m still in my PJ’s or I just don’t feel like being in a photo, but special moments don’t wait to happen when I’m at my best. No need to avoid the photo situation altogether! Simply crop some of yourself out, or snap an image of your shadows or a blurred reflection.
Need a few ideas of photos to take with your kids?
I’ve got you covered!
I hope you’ll think of these photos as a gift to your children—a chance for them to see, every time they look at a picture with you in it, how much you love them and how they’ll always have a place where they belong.
Below you’ll find a printable photo checklist filled with 50 fun photo ideas designed to help us moms get in more photos with our kids. No more excuses….it’s time to grab that camera, figure out the self-timer or hand it over to your husband, and get smiling!
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